England scrum-half Youngs in doubt for rest of 6 Nations

Mike Tindall

England suffered a setback, however, 10 minutes into the match when scrumhalf Ben Youngs went off injured.

Looked a little out of sorts after time out because of injury.

Jones still has a wealth of options at his disposal but there is no doubt influential players such as Billy Vunipola and Elliot Daly will be missed.

The 23-year-old will get better as the tournament progresses and he is likely to play a crucial role in his side's ambitions of winning a third consecutive Six Nations championship.

England's 46-15 triumph was marred by the first-half injury sustained by Youngs which prompted a lengthy stoppage before he was taken off on a stretcher.

Eddie Jones' side had a seven-point lead at half-time courtesy of an Anthony Watson brace and one for Owen Farrell - which he also converted.

When Italy did get in for tries, more often than not, England were caught narrow.

'He's fitted into the team well. The basis of the game - the scrum and the lineout - were good for us today.

England were caught out wide for both of Italy's tries, with Jonny May's positioning left particularly wanting for Tommsso Benvenutti's try early in the first-half. His record in charge of England is exceptional with Ireland, in last year's final game, the only team to defeat them.

How to watch England vs Italy in the Six Nations 2018.

England wrapped up the victory with a late George Ford try, before Simmonds produced a no-look pass for replacement Nowell to put gloss on the scoreline.

"And that's how we want to play against Italy - a really physical game and set the tone for the tournament".

Italy thought they had hit back with a try from Boni, but his score was ruled out on video review for a forward pass by Allan.

Te'o's only previous England start was also against Italy a year ago when they they struggled to deal with the Italians' surprise "no ruck" tactics before coming from behind at halftime to emerge 36-15 winners. "We'll train tomorrow, have Tuesday as a recovery day and we feel like we'll be ready by Friday to face Wales", he said.

For Italy, under Irish coach Conor O'Shea, the goal remains one of self-respect and the need to improve on a desperate run of just one win in their last 20 Six Nations fixtures.

Early in the second period, Watson squandered a hat trick chance when he lost possession in the act of grounding the ball, although Farrell did nudge England further ahead with a penalty. "We played against a great side, No 2 in world, and we caused them a lot of problems with the ball".

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